Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers' new "Hypnotic Eye" is the group's first No. 1 album in its 38 years of recording.
The band came close twice before -- both 1979's "Damn the Torpedoes" and 2010's "Mojo" reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 -- but guitarist Mike Campbell says he, Petty and the other Heartbreakers are pleased to have finally made the top:
"That was a surprise, such a thrill, especially at this point. I think the thing that tickled me the most about it is if you look at the charts, there's not many bands on there like us. Nowadays the charts are so whacked out from how they used to be; you got a Disney soundtrack or a boy band or a girl band or dancers or this and that, and there's this rock 'n' roll band playing guitars and drums. And it gave me a little kick that rock 'n' roll cannot be stopped, y'know?"
Petty and company are currently touring with Steve Winwood, with a stop at the Lockn' -- Interlocking Music Festival on September 16 in Virginia and closing with two shows at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on October 10-11.